BELLEVILLE — A former electrician and mechanic is suing a number of corporations, alleging they failed to protect him from the harmful effects of asbestos.
Michael Carroll filed a complaint on June 21 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against ABB Inc.; AERCO International Inc., ALFA Laval Inc. et al. alleging that the defendants failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety of their employees and others working with or around their products.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that during his career he worked for various companies as an electrician and mechanic and claims he was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed asbestos fibers emanating from certain products of the defendants. Due to his close proximity to asbestos, he developed lung cancer, becoming aware of the disease on Jan. 20, 2016.
The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to provide warnings to people working with or around the products, failed to provide adequate instructions on how to avoid inhaling asbestos and failed to conduct tests on the asbestos-containing products.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory damages in an amount in excess of $50,000, plus punitive damages and for such other further relief that the court deems appropriate. He is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian & Associates PC in Edwardsville.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-332